Wednesday , January 20 2021

A Zakynthian September ballad. (Music Video)

A beautiful poem written by Zakynthian Dionysia Mousoura, has now become a song. The melody created by talented John Pantakis combined with the well known soprano singer, Zakynthian; Andriana Lykouresi gives the added emotions of a true Zakynthian ballad. The song talks about love and abandonment, for those who had to leave their home, their country, to find a new life without ever returning to those left behind waiting for their return. Within the music video Mr. Pantakis has filmed areas of Zakynthos town, the stone wall along the harbour road and more.  I have tried to translate the song for you all below. Enjoy my friends.



Ballad for September


On a small stonewall

the boy sang

in his deep voice

the daughter sighed


“I shake your handkerchief”

and he whispers that

“The boat is sailing

and alone I leave ”


The boy leans back

gently, tenderly

to kiss the daughter

her curly hair


With so much despair

in his heart he keeps her

from his lips drops of blood

as he turns to leave her


He gives her myriad oaths

promises she asks

to return to her

to take her away


September leaves

December the snowstorm

flood the years

but the young man does not return


The sad daughter

with silver hair

leaning on the rocks

stares away


The handkerchief does not move

She only tightens her lips

how to find courage

to say goodbye.


Main featur photo John Pantakis

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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